Total loan: $10,000
Nashville, TN, United States / Retail
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A loan helped with the opening of a second location to develop our bakery and cafe business. It would allow us to buy equipment for our our own commercial kitchen and therefore hire full time bakers, rather than having limited hours in a shared kitchen.
I was born in Paris, France, and was raised in the love of good food. My mother was a self-taught amazing cook and I learned a lot from her. After a 15 year career in marketing for the entertainment business, mainly for Warner Bros., my husband and I moved to Montreal, Canada with our two children in 2001. In Montreal, I worked for a French Fine Foods importer, a company providing the best French imported products to Canadian restaurants. I loved the job but dreamed of opening my own business ! In 2014, after two years of market research, business plan and visa paperwork, we moved to Nashville, TN with our third child, a daughter aged 8. My dream of opening my own business, and bringing the best French foods to a city where these products were so far not available was about to happen ! I have been working non stop since our opening and hired as much help as I could. Unfortunately, not having my own commercial kitchen didn't help because I could not offer enough hours to potential cooks or bakers. My dream is to be able to hire our pastry chef full time, as well as bakes and a cook. and to share my knowledge with them !